Collegiate High AKA Middle College

CHATT STATE STUDENTS -- Chattanooga State students explore the community college's campus.

CHATT STATE STUDENTS — Chattanooga State students explore the community college’s campus.

Collegiate High serves as a launching pad for students in grades 9-12 to be “ahead of the game” and expedite their education. The school offers students the opportunity to earn a high school diploma and an associate’s degree.  Ninety percent of Collegiate High graduates transfer to a four-year college or university.

“I plan on getting a nursing degree, and this program is allowing me to fullfill my future on the fast track!” explained Channing Davis, a Collegiate High student who attended Central last school year.

Additionally, the Middle College ACT composite at Chattanooga State continues to rank above the state and national average. You are eligible if you have an ACT composite score of 19 or better; it is required for admission to the Chattanooga State Collegiate High program.

You will still get to attend in the activities you did in high school because students at Collegiate High have full access to the Chattanooga State campus, including clubs, organizations, intramural sports, and student government. Also, band students have an opportunity to participate in the UTC marching band program.

While attending Collegiate High, one can earn college credit while completing a high school diploma. Some other advantages include having an engineering/technology program available, schedule flexibility, the availability of college support services (including mentoring, counseling, and learning tutoring clubs), and accessibility to state-of-the art computer labs. Small teacher-to-student ratios, the opportunity to explore a variety of careers and opportunities, and the chance to enjoy learning on a college campus are a few additional perks.

The steps for applying to Collegiate High School are taking the ACT test, completing a Collegiate High application, completing dual enrollment scholarship applications, scheduling an interview, and completing a Chattanooga State application.

“The Tennessee Dual Enrollment Grant is available to juniors and seniors. Chattanooga State offers partial scholarships to students based on financial need,” states Middle College’s website.

“I enjoy the freedom in Middle College most of all. I also really like that from the day you start, there is a list of all your work, so nothing is unexpected,” said Davis.